Biomimetic file 116: IBM Reveals Incredible New Brain-Inspired Chip

IBM Reveals Incredible New Brain-Inspired Chip

“Traditional computing systems can be likened to the left brain; they’re analytical and mathematical with superb number-crunching abilities. But if we want something that could be used in more sophisticated systems, say artificial intelligence, then we’re going to need something more right brain-like as well, which is exactly what IBM have been working towards.”

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Current computer running on binomial systems are outdated and reaching capacity. Indeed, the computers that we use code and process information according to bits of 0 and 1. There is only so much that such coding mechanism can achieve. Nature however is more complex in utilizing a 4 base coding system; this is illustrated in the structure and coding mechanism of DNA. The next generation of supercomputers will only achieve a leap in performance by adopting a 4 base coding mechanism that can be derived from DNA structure and RNA transcription mechanisms. The increase in computer power that could result is tremendous.

Beyond this and as illustrated in this post it’s not all about calculation and computer power. The human brain and other living organism neuronal systems are more complex than just a simple coding mechanism. Thoughts and decisions can be generated through the way the pieces of information are linked and interact with one another.  The chaotic nature of neuronal connections in a brain is a clue to how a super computer could work.

While it appears unfeasible to replicate a human brain, getting closer to the functionality and most importantly doing this while keeping control of machines “artificial intelligence” is a challenge that will increasingly become apparent. Once again it is a good case study that solutions to our most complex problems can and should be looked in nature first rather than trying to innovate by ourselves..

More information:

What is Biomimetics: the field of gaining inspiration from nature first to solve some of our most difficult challenges. Instead of coming up with our own solutions to a problematic, the odds are that species on the planet already offer an ultimate solution. This simple fact is also another strong case to preserve species at all cost as the intellectual heritage contained within or through the study of species is both irreplaceable and invaluable…

Sylvain Richer de Forges


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